Year 7 to 13 Catholic Boys School, Auckland New Zealand

Newsletter 121

Posted by CS Rooney on 9 June 2013

Scripture Quote:  “(Isaiah said of the Messiah), “He will be gentle to those who are weak, and kind to those who are helpless.”  Matthew 12:20       

Issue 121 7 June 2013

Principal's Corner

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Community Consultation:

Last Friday the staff spent the day at the Hoani Waititi Marae as part of the College’s commitment to the Ka Hikitia project – Managing for Success/Maori Education Strategy. For some staff it was their first visit to a Marae and was a valuable learning experience. There will be a Hui on Tuesday 11th June for Maori parents starting at 6.30pm. Next term we will have a Fono for Pasifika parents – more details will be available later in this term.

The mid-year reports will be completed over the next few weeks and will be posted home towards the end of this month. There are two evenings set aside for parent/teacher interviews on Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th July. Please save these dates for an opportunity to discuss your son’s progress and what steps he can take to make further progress.  You do not have to wait for the reports to come home. You can contact your son’s teachers on a regular basis to help his learning and email is the most efficient means of doing so.

Board Elections:

Six candidates were nominated for the four parent representative positions.  Congratulations to:

Jason Mclennan, Betty Clough, Clare McGuinness-Goodwin, Susan Gifford

The first meeting of the new Board is on Tuesday 25th June at 7.00pm when a new Board Chair will be elected. The previous Board Chair Mr John Holley did not stand for re-election as he wished to pursue other interests. I thank Mr Holley for his six years of service to the College and for his leadership of the Board.


The recent mufti-day and associated activities raised $6,200 to assist Benedict Chong-Wong to travel to Donetsk in the Ukraine to represent New Zealand in the World Youth Games.  This sum includes $1,400 donated by the staff.  The cheque was presented to him at assembly which was attended by his proud father. We wish Ben well as he leaves on June 11th to begin his preparations.

On Thursday 6th June the prefects are organising a cycle-a-thon to raise funds for the Catholic Caring Foundation. This has become an annual event which also uses the opportunity for a mufti-day to boost the funds.

Special Character Review:

Every three years we have a review of the Special Character of the College.  It will take place from 18th – 20th June and will be carried out by Sr. Sian Owen on behalf of Bishop Pat Dunn. I will give you feedback on the visit when I receive it.

God bless you and your families.

C S Rooney